A man has died four days after being punched by a Mexican soap star — who had already been allowed to leave the US, according to police.
Pablo Lyle, a key actor in the popular Mexican telenovela “Mi Adorable Maldición” (“My Adorable Curse”), admitted punching 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernández in the face during a road-rage clash in Miami on Sunday, police reports show.
The 32-year-old actor — who made the “People en Español” 50 Most Beautiful list in 2015 — fled the scene but was later arrested at Miami International Airport, according to his arrest affidavit.
Lyle was interviewed by homicide cops and charged with battery. He was then allowed to travel home to Mexico after posting a $5,000 bond, police confirmed.
Cuban-born Hernandez died Thursday — four days after being punched — with family telling the Miami Herald they switched off his life support. They say Hernández suffered a brain injury that led to an internal hemorrhage that left him unconscious.
It is not clear if the actor will face fresh charges, a Miami police spokeswoman said.
Lyle told police he punched Hernández because he was “in fear for the safety of his family,” including his 6-year-old son, his affidavit shows.
The reports states that he claimed the older man was “real aggressive” and “pounding” on his car windows and he “reacted because he believed that the victim was going to strike first.”
He told officers he only left because “he saw a male running towards him” and that he wanted to get his family safely on a plane home to Mexico before talking to cops, the affidavit states.
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